"...an early speculative light industrial facility designed around a service apron built for longevity and flexibility. Many years later, refurbished, reconfigured but still fully occupied..."
This 6,000 square metre complex consists of 4,200 square metre high bay storage space with 1,800 square metre of office mezzanine split into two identical buildings around a central vehicular apron. The long span (30 metre wide) roof of the building was achieved using steel portal frames at 9 metre centres which support lightweight precast concrete horizontal wall panelling to the boundary and the glazed curtain wall to the vehicular/entry apron. The ability to reconfigure the tenancy and building footprint by relocating or removing internal fire walls and mezzanines has guaranteed the building's consistent occupancy rate and high rental return. At the same time the articulated structural system and facade envelope have given the project a prominence well beyond the standards of warehousing in the area. This “skin and bones” approach allowed construction to be completed quickly and economically due to the standardisation of the structure, envelope and fit-out elements and has provided unprecedented value for money.